In the upper echelons of German car manufacturers resides the company’s executive saloon. Audi has the A8, BMW the 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz the S-Class and Porsche the Panamera. All of them offer industry captains a business express laden with the latest technology. In fact, most of the technology debuts at this level and trickles down the market ladder. BMW’s latest 7 Series has thoroughly upped the game. The Mercedes S-Class has been the leading star in its segment, but I feel that the tide has changed in favour of the Bavarian offering. The new S-Class arrives in SA in January and will be followed later in the year by the new Audi A8, so we will see whether those two have moved the game on. For now, the Beemer is ahead of the curve with some industry firsts, chief among these being its Carbon Core construction technology. This uses carbon fibre materials in strategic areas such as the passenger cell and roof, which not only makes the vehicle extra rigid and safer, but more efficie...

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